Doesn't involve any hacking, sneaking or listening in on other people's conversations. But there's a lot to share!
We are feeling increasingly more pleased with our decision to switch to Kaiser. We met the girls' pediatrician last week and Mad's neurologist today. Every medical professional we've encountered greets us and then tells us why we're there. Because they've read our file. Doc walked in this morning and said, "So you're here about the incident in April."
Yes, that was my jaw hitting the floor.
Moreover, he really listened to what we were saying. We discussed Mad's fall in 2009. Unlike the neuro we met back then, at no time did our new doc try to insist that Mad had a seizure and then fell. He listened. We laid out everything.
Two women in Tom's family have a history of seizures. Teen onset, lasting through early adulthood.
Mad fell. Knocked herself out. Came to. Went out again. Had an EEG that showed some minor activity that our old ped, Dr. Present, said could result in a seizure disorder later or could be nothing.
At the birthday party in April, Mad was extremely excited. By the singing. Her first candle to blow out. The frog cupcake. The ice cream that she was eating way too fast.
She seemed to have a brain freeze followed by a seizure. But she came to and was her normal self (albeit upset) in a matter of seconds.
What did all of that mean to our new neurologist?
Apparently some people are susceptible to vasovagal episodes. And do you know what can cause them? I am not joking when I say being excited and eating something cold.
Yes, that was me breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Fortunately, Doc is going to redo the EEG to be on the safe side. Again unlike the previous neuro, New Doc does not advocate using heavy duty meds to prevent something that may or may not happen. So if it turns out she is at risk for developing seizures, we will wait to treat them if they show up.
He said Mad seems perfect. Developmentally appropriate. Smart. Pretty (he did say that, but not as part of his diagnosis).
So next up will be an EEG. Unlike two years ago, Mad isn't likely to fall asleep anywhere we put her (not that she did then), so she'll probably have to be put under for it. That's our least favorite part of the whole thing, but we'll take it to get the answers we need.